Double Fine productions
takes to FIG to
announce to backers that Psychonauts 2 will not be shipping in 2018
as originally planned (thanks
GameInformer). They start out with a discussion of rewards and a new
Aquato Family video to
make the bad news go down easier, but eventually get around to this admission of
We have now ramped up into full production mode! We have five full level
teams working on the real world locations and brand new mental worlds, as well
as our full gameplay team working on powers, platforming, puzzles, and combat.—
all kinds of great stuff!
Now we are in full swing, we know a lot more about the size and scope of the
game we are going to make, how long it will take us to make it, and the amount
of time we need to make it be great. From those projections we know that
Psychonauts 2 will not be shipping in 2018, like we originally estimated when we
published the Fig campaign two years ago.
We love the game we're making and we want to make sure that Psychonauts 2 is
something you’ll love too — a game that carries on the legacy of Psychonauts in
a meaningful and special way. We’re making great progress, but we want to make
sure the game has the time it needs to shine.
We’re sorry that you’ll have to wait a little longer than we first estimated,
but we’re also hopeful that you’ll understand it will mean being able to deliver
a better game. We’re really excited about the things we’re making, and we can’t
wait to share them with you!
Kxmode wrote on Dec 22, 2017, 03:12: Right out of the Star Citizen playbook.
- A delay announced? check - A video to jazz people up? check - Advertise some sort of merchandise? check
You don't have much experience with crowdfunding, do you? Those three things have occurred with pretty much every Kickstarter ever. In fact, they've occurred with almost every game ever made, crowdfunded or otherwise. Games get delayed because development is all about iteration and polish, videos are used to build hype or keep the community informed and merch is sold to further fund development and promote the game.
If Double Fine starts selling vehicles for Psychonauts 2, then your Star Citizen comparison will be accurate. Until then, it's pretty stupid.